Saturday, November 17

Trump’s Gag Rule

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            When did it start? Did it start with “grab her by the
pussy”? Did it start with Stormy Daniels? What about the several other sexual
assault allegations that the current commander in chief of the United State has
been met with? When did his intention to take away womxn’s rights begin?

            It’s hard to tell. He had this intention even before he
took office. It was evident on the campaign trail. We know for a fact that
since day 1, however, Trump has had his agenda set on stripping away the rights
of female-identified U.S. citizens. In January 2017, he started his anti-womxn
campaign strong by attacking the global gag rule. According to Vox, the global
gag rule made US aid money to family planning providers contingent on a pledge
not to “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.”
This is even when these services are funded by other countries or private
foundations.

            This was announced in January 2017 – the same month as
the inauguration. Just days into his term, he was already dead set on attacking
womxn around the globe. Fast forward a year and a half, he’s still on this
mission. If you haven’t heard past all of the distractions (Russia
investigation, North Korea, the Supreme Court, Melania’s sudden fascination
with dressing like a teenage girl…. you name it), Trump has recently teamed up
with the Department of Health and Human Services to make the new U.S. Gag Rule
a reality – making the stripping of womxn’s basic human rights a federal
policy.

          Under Title X,
clinics will have to establish infertility services, breast and cervical cancer
screenings, STI prevention and counseling, “highly effective contraception
methods” and more. One important thing is missing, however… access to a safe
abortion thanks to Trump’s gag rule. This new rule would block patients from
receiving care a trusted sources like Planned Parenthood. It would also
prohibit medical providers across the countryfrom being able
to refer their somewhere where they can access a safe and legal abortion.

          The
nickname of this new rule – the “gag rule” explains how annoyingly
prohibiting it is. Patients can access many beneficial and important healthcare
procedures – but not abortions. With the global gag rule, funding and resources
can be provided to clinics that needs it – but not from organizations that
provide abortions. Talk about a loophole.

          Abortions
are just as important as receiving STI testing or breast cancer screenings,
because abortion is health care. Funding and resource are much needed by many
health care providers – as some are community and non-profit based. Blocking
funding to these organizations can be financially detrimental.

          Health care is
a human right. Therefore, Trump’s gag rule is an attempt to take away basic
rights. With this announcement, the Trump administration wants us to know that
he wants to stop abortion on both a global and local level. How can you help?
One way is to sign Planned
Parenthood’s petition
.

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About Author

Nikki Vergakes is a 22-year-old writer, podcaster and PR Specialist. She enjoys writing and making content for digital media. She also dedicates her time to political activism. She'll take any chance she gets to combine the two. In her free time, she takes a break from the computer with... the computer. She enjoys deep-diving into memes, YouTube videos, Netflix originals and vine compilations (no wonder her glasses prescription is so high!) She does run half marathons and hikes occasionally, however, so she does get outside. E-mail her with tips, story ideas, ways to collaborate on digital content and any YouTube drama!

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